6A Newsletters 10/2/2015


October 2,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) In class we have been learning about the “5 Themes of Geography”- location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and region. These themes will help guide our learning when we begin studying the countries of the world. Much of these first couple months are spent learning the basics- such as map skills, the 5 themes, climate zones, landforms and culture- that we will be focusing on once we begin learning about the countries of the world. Next week we will start learning about climate and climate zones and will do so all week. We will begin with an introduction to them and students will take notes on the different characteristics of each climate zone.  We will then watch clips from the Discovery Series “Planet Earth” so students are able to get a sense of what these climate zones are really like.  At the end of the week, students will do a more in-depth study of one of the climate zones and create an “Explain Everything” on a specific zone.

Reading: (A-17) In Reading we have been using Lightsail to read the novel A Long Walk To Water.  Lightsail helps measure students progress in categories such as comprehension and vocabulary and also provides opportunities for students to respond in writing to open-response questions, which are then graded by myself.  We have also been having a lot of class discussions on some of the important themes and issues of the novel.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) In class we’re moving through chapter one covering exponents, expressions, equations, distance formula, spatial calculations (area & perimeter), and algebraic thinking. We will have our first test over Chapter 1 by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week. Students have been working very hard in class and have become more organized with their notes, too, using individual notebooks and/or Notability. Google Classroom continues to be a great tool for additional resources and information sharing as well.

Reading: (A-18) We are continuing our reading of Freak the Mighty in class and having disccussions throughout the beginning of the book. Students have been doing QuickWrites in their journals on characters and plot development, and have a running list of new vocabulary words. Students have also started getting set up with their LightSail accounts and have started checking out books on their own. We will be using LightSail for a class book later in the year.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) I am really happy with the students’ collaboration on the Burlington Poems. We learned how to edit and revise one another’s work using Google Docs. Expect the grades to be posted on Aspen soon. In class this week, we read the trickster tale from Africa, “All Stories Are Anansi’s.” The main character is a small spider, yet his cleverness helps him prevail. (I played my own little trick on the kids using fake spiders hidden in the books). We also expect to finish “The End of the World.” We emphasize story elements and vocabulary. There will be a test of the two folktales the beginning of next week. Remember to make study evidence for bonus points and to build good study habits.

Reading: (A-19) Student are doing wonderful explorations on their iPads reading Al Capone Does My Shirts. The app is linked to Common Core standards on comprehension and vocabulary. Together we do discussions about the events and characters. Student are able to read at their own pace.We are approximately in Ch. 6-7.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) We are finishing up our pumpkin plant experiments this week.  Most of the plants grew very well!  Next week we will work together to create a formal lab report on our experiments.  Students have also recently completed a gummy bear experiment to introduce volume and density measurements.  Students also took their first science quiz this past week.  Any student that scored under a 70 is able to retake the quiz.  Dates for the retakes will be announced on Monday.  

Reading: (D-101) We continue to read The Westing Game using our LightSail program.  Students have made their predictions regarding the mysterious murder of Samuel Westing.  
HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine)  – Students will be starting the G.R.E.A.T. Program.  Officer Cross (School resource Officer) will be working with me in health class for the next three weeks using the G.R.E.A.T. program.  The focus will be on how drugs, and violence can affect our communities and what we can do to create safe and substance free communities.  This week’s focus will be on communities we belong to and what we give to those communities and what we receive from being a part of one.  We will also be talking about goal setting and how to set up realistic short and long term goals.


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